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Meet Biko McMillan, a Published Poet from St. Croix and Our New Editor-in-Chief

We’re announcing a major change today, starting with our new editor-in-chief, Biko McMillan. Biko is a St. Croix native and the author of Writing on Roots, a book of poems he compiled into musings in April of 2018.

Writing on Roots is a collection of poetry broken up into five sections, which the author calls “musings.” They are musings on: childhood, love, heartbreak, blackness, and poems which asked to be written. This book defines vulnerability, without ever using the word itself. There is a poem in this book for everyone.

Source: Biko’s photograph

Writing on Roots is a solid read and you can find the book — which Biko often recites poems from at poetry gigs — on Amazon, and Google Play Books.

Instead of creating chapters, Biko chose to layer his first published work as musings, which helped him to compile poems he’d written into a series of contemplative literature.

Biko, 22, will succeed the previous editor and focus his energies on cultivating a unique voice and sound for the Mint Team. State of the Territory’s founder, Amaziah George, will focus on the vision and the direction of the paper as it turns two-years-old. Amaziah will continue to write alongside the Mint Team, focusing on tech and culture in the U.S. Virgin Islands moving forward.

We also plan to begin experimenting with new content and tweaking our lineup to use the team’s talents in a more creative way. Our execution may not be perfect but we’d be really happy if you read along and gave us feedback to improve.

Biko’s new role is a significant change for State of the Territory News. Not only is he a poet, he’s also a scientist, photographer and holds a degree in biology and is fluent in Spanish. We believe 2019 will be a stellar year for writing and journalism in the Virgin Islands, we hope you think so too.